Hotels in Kirkwall, Scotland

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Kirkwall, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Kirkwall Youth Hostel
8.4 Excellent
Old Scapa Road, Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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0.7 mi from city centre, Kirkwall, SCT, United Kingdom 
ExcellentBased on 194 reviews
8.4

Boasting a swimming pool, Kirkwall Youth Hostel is located in Kirkwall and offers comfortable accommodation. It provides free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities and a library.

The Kirkwall Hotel
8.0 Excellent
Harbour Street, Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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0.0 mi from city centre, Kirkwall, SCT, United Kingdom 
ExcellentBased on 416 reviews
8.0

The Kirkwall Hotel provides 3-star accommodation in Kirkwall. It is close to St Magnus Cathedral, shops and nightlife options.

Albert Hotel
8.3 Excellent
7 Mounthoolie Place, Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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0.1 mi from city centre, Kirkwall, SCT, United Kingdom 
ExcellentBased on 125 reviews
8.3

Albert Hotel Kirkwall is a traditional setting while in Kirkwall and is close to everything the area has to offer. It also provides meeting rooms, room service and an express check-in and check-out feature.

The Shore
6.8 Good
Shore Street, Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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0.1 mi from city centre, Kirkwall, SCT, United Kingdom 
GoodBased on 267 reviews
6.8

Boasting a swimming pool, The Shore is situated in Kirkwall and provides comfortable accommodation. It is close to St Magnus Cathedral, eateries and shops.

West End Guest House
7.8 Good
14 Main Street, Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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0.5 mi from city centre, Kirkwall, SCT, United Kingdom 
GoodBased on 320 reviews
7.8

West End Hotel Kirkwall is located in Kirkwall and offers free Wi-Fi. It is close to Earl's Palace, eateries and shops.

Ayre Hotel & Ayre Apartments
8.2 Excellent
Ayre Road, Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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0.1 mi from city centre, Kirkwall, SCT, United Kingdom 
ExcellentBased on 407 reviews
8.2

Ayre Hotel & Ayre Apartments provides a comfortable setting when in Kirkwall. Those staying at the property can also take advantage of complimentary Wi-Fi during their stay.

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About Kirkwall

The capital of the Orkney Islands, Kirkwall is a historic town that was established as the Norse settlement of Kirkjuvagr. It’s home to a striking cathedral and palace ruins that illustrate its tumultuous past, as well as a historic distillery with Viking roots.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Admire the 12th-century red sandstone architecture of the St. Magnus Cathedral, a grand Romanesque landmark that dominates Kirkwall’s skyline. Its soaring interior features memorials to prominent Orcadians, including the explorer William Balfour Baikie, author Edwin Muir and artist Stanley Cursiter.

Opposite the cathedral are the remains of the Bishop's Palace where King Haakon IV of Norway died in 1263, bringing an end to Norse rule over the Outer Hebrides. Wander through the adjacent ruins of the Earl's Palace, which boasts early-17th-century Renaissance turrets.

Whisky enthusiasts should tour the Highlands Park Distillery, an 18th-century landmark on the outskirts of Kirkwall. Their Viking Soul Tour includes a short film about Orkney and the distillery’s Viking roots, followed by a tour of the working distillery and a tasting of two Highland Park drams.

One of Kirkwall’s most specialised cultural institutions is the Orkney Wireless Museum, which showcases the importance of wireless communication in the islands during World War II. It houses an impressive collection of domestic and military wireless equipment, including a U boat radio and a working crystal set where you can listen to BBC Radio Scotland.

Getting around Kirkwall

Kirkwall Airport is a 10-minute drive from the town centre and there are daily ferries to destinations throughout the Orkney Islands. Kirkwall can easily be explored on foot and is connected to other island towns and villages by buses.

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  • What are the best hotels in Kirkwall?

    The Inn Guest House is a very popular hotel in Kirkwall with a score of 9.2 from 12 reviews. Kirkwall Youth Hostel (8.4 from 194 reviews) and The Kirkwall Hotel (8.0 from 416 reviews) are also highly rated Kirkwall hotels based on recent feedback from HotelsCombined users.

  • What is a good hotel near Orkney Museum?

    A good hotel close to Orkney Museum is Kirkwall Youth Hostel (rated 8.4/10 from 194 reviews).